Victoria : Traveller Tips

The Backpacker

Sixteen things I've learnt about Melbourne

The Backpacker I never knew that much about Melbourne. I’d spent a few weekends there in the past, been to a couple of sporting events, drunk in a few bars, but I’d never had the chance to really get to know the...

Travel tips

All the buzz on a budget

Phra Nang beach, Krabi. Thailand.

From Hobart to Ho Chi Minh City, Ben Groundwater picks the new year's best affordable breaks.

Australia

Hot and happening

Hayman Island.

The carefree days of summer are coming - Lee Atkinson compiles a wish-list of some of the country's best new adventures.

Australia

Five-day weekend gets a nation on the move

Easter holidays

Jane E. Fraser Add Anzac Day to Easter and what do you get? A tourism industry delivered from the doldrums as holiday crowds head for beaches and bright city lights.

Victoria

Stay the night

Open house ... Boroka Downs.

David Reyne finds some cosy lodgings, from coastal getaways with open fires to inner-city Italian chic.

Snow

Tweet it from the mountains

Real-time reports, high-tech lift passes and smart ways to clock your speed: technology has officially arrived, writes Rachael Oakes-Ash.

Tips

A note from mum for a family field trip

Not so average ... travel companies are catering for more than just two adults and two kids.

Jane E. Fraser The costs and crowds during school holidays make it tempting for parents to take children out of class to travel during term time.

Tips

Spa tapas, please, with a side order of instant fix

Qualia spa

Jane E. Fraser The boom in spa treatments has us spoiled about being spoiled: we want to try the best pampering and cram it all into the shortest time possible.

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Doors are closing on cut-price digs

Rush for cheap hotels

Jane E. Fraser As the corporate market recovers and Australian hotel prices catch up to the rest of the world, cheap room rates are soon to be a thing of the past.

Insider

The modern holiday: go now, go hard, go home

Short Breaks illustration by Michael Mucci. SHD TRAVEL MAY 9.

Jane E. Fraser If you think big experiences must come with big vacations, think again. A growing range of getaways shows that short breaks can be long on adventure.

Tips

Years go up, price goes down

Tourists couple Portugal beach

You don't have to act your age on holiday but, as Jane E. Fraser explains, admitting it can bring benefits.

Tips

Cheap suites straight off the rack

Secret mission ... mystery hotel deals provide only the barest of details to customers before they book.

'Mystery' hotel deals can save guests money but it can be hard to know exactly how much, writes Jane E. Fraser.

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Sometimes it pays to splash out

Jane E. Fraser finds the once humble holiday park has competition from upmarket rivals.

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Caught in a rip-off

Beware ... a beachside holiday may turn into a hassle.

There are pitfalls to watch out for with holiday rental bonds, writes Jane E. Fraser.

Tips

Top tips on coping with Christmas travel

Santa angry

Arrive at your Christmas destination refreshed, not frazzled, with these tips, writes Jane E. Fraser.

Australia

Ultimate budget holiday: the staycation

Sydney BridgeClimb

Money tight? Why not replace the expensive vacation with a holiday where you stay home? It's fun, cheap and hassle-free.

Tips

Beyond frequent flyer points

Frequent Flyer Credit card Qantas

You save up your frequent flyer points and hand over your card at the supermarket - but when it comes to travel perks you might be only scratching the surface.

Budget airlines

A sting in the tail with $49 Tiger flight

Tiger Airways plane tail.

Tony Wilson is thrilled with his $49 plane ticket but encounters some unexpected turbulence.

Skiing

Off on the right foot

Made to measure ... a good pair of ski boots will improve your turns.

Finding boots that fit properly will change the way you ski, writes Rachael Oakes-Ash

Ski season

You checked the battery, right?

Car troubles ... windscreen wipers can freeze to the glass if not left extended.

Arrive in the snow safely with these simple tips, writes Rachael Oakes-Ash.